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New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013
Posted By Kristine Lofgren On April 5, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Air quality,energy efficiency,global warming | No Comments
Ever since 2007, the people at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute  have tracked the fuel economy  of cars purchased in the US. On Wednesday, the team released the numbers for March 2013, revealing that the average fuel economy had reached 24.6 mpg, which is an all-time high. The report shows just how far we have come since October, 2007, when the fuel economy averaged a measly 20 mpg.
In order to reach the number, the UMTRI combines the monthly vehicle sales data with the fuel ratings from the EPA  Fuel Economy Guide. Every month the fuel economy has crept its way up, with a few dips here and there, but the overall trend is moving in a positive direction. For instance, in September 2009 the average mpg dipped from 22.5 to 21, but jumped back up to 22 the next month.
Now, before we get too excited, the average fuel economy  in the UK  is 45 mpg, so we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back for a job well done quite yet. But we certainly can’t complain about improvement, no matter how slight.
Via TreeHugger 
Vehicle image from planetc1 
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 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute: http://www.umtri.umich.edu/news.php
 fuel economy: http://inhabitat.com/chinese-government-raises-fuel-efficiency-standards-to-fight-pollution/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=498527
 EPA: http://inhabitat.com/obama-administration-to-require-cleaner-burning-gasoline-by-2017/
 fuel economy: http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-2013-ford-fusion-hybrid-is-a-stylish-new-hybrid/
 UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17740356
 TreeHugger: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/246-mpg-march-2013-was-record-month-new-vehicles-sold-us.html
 planetc1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiropractic/
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